Lockheed to hire 400 in Fort Worth to support F-35 program

F-35 model in Fort Worth in December 2016.

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that it has hired more than 1,800 new employees in support of the F-35 program and that is plans to create an additional 400 jobs in Fort Worth to support the program.

The announcement was made in conjunction with the Trump Administration’s second Made in America day, which showcased a full-scale F-35 model on the South Lawn of the White House.

“The F-35 is an iconic product that represents the best of U.S. innovation, technology leadership, and advanced manufacturing,” said Marillyn Hewson, chairman, president and CEO of Lockheed Martin. “The program supports 194,000 direct and indirect jobs nationwide, and as we ramp up production we are creating even more opportunities for American workers. The men and women who participate in the F-35 program take pride in delivering unmatched, fifth-generation capabilities to the U.S. military and our allies around the world.”

Lockheed Martin will host its hiring event in Fort Worth on Monday, July 30, with a goal of recruiting 400 new employees with expertise in the following areas: avionics technicians, milling machinist, low observable coaters, structural assemblers, aircraft mechanics, field and service mechanics, and electrical assemblers.

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The event will be held at the Sheraton Fort Worth. Other Lockheed hiring events at the Sheraton earlier this year attracted big crowds.

Additional details on the event can be found, here.

At the Made in America event, Trump pressed U.S. companies and trade associations on Thursday to enhance their job training programs as employers search for qualified skilled workers to fill vacancies.

“We need people with training,” Trump declared.

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At an event in the East Room, Trump told corporate leaders and workers that the nation’s students and workers need more opportunities to attain apprenticeships, vocational opportunities and job training. The president said nearly two dozen companies and trade organizations had agreed to sign a pledge to provide the training for their workforce during the next five years.